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Plus Size Wedding Dresses With Sleeves

Tulika Nair
The love of your life, a divinely romantic proposal, and the wedding of your dreams. The only spoke in the wheel, albeit a temporary one, seems to be your search for wedding dresses with sleeves.
Confusion reigns supreme, when your search engine comes up with a million results for wedding gowns with sleeves, but all for women who are not as well endowed as you are. Here is your solution; a variety of sleeve patterns to choose from which will complement you perfectly.

Plus Size Wedding Gowns With Sleeves

Jacketed Wonder:

One of the best options for brides who are looking for sleeved wedding dresses is to cheat on the sleeves. You could opt for a strapless, spaghetti strapped or halter dress and team the dress with a short jacket.
The coat could be made of chiffon which falls smoothly to hug arm at all the right places, or you could design a jacket made from lace, to show off the silhouette of the dress you are wearing without feeling conscious about your arms.
Jackets look best when the sleeves are long or of elbow length; you will also have an option of playing around with your neckline, to give it a fashionable twist. Other options for jackets that you can team with wedding dresses are bolero jackets, shrugs, wraps or even capes.

Bell Sleeves:

A style that can be traced in the pages of history, responsible for the phrasing of the term, up one's sleeve, thanks to their usability for hiding objects, especially weapons. Today, the same style gives an outfit, old charm and makes the perfect choice for a plus size wedding dress with long sleeves, for a bride with a fairy tale wedding theme.
The bell sleeve is narrow at the armhole, till the elbow (without any pleating) and then flares towards the wrist. Another twist to the bell sleeve is the poet sleeve, where the cut of the sleeve remains the same but has added ruffles at the cuffs.

Short Sleeves with Puff:

While it is a good option for a plus size wedding dress with sleeves, the bride will need to be careful about ensuring that the sleeves do not bind the arm. Short puffy sleeves give the wedding gown a fun, flirty feel that is perfect for a spring wedding. Combine this style of sleeves with a generous deep V neckline.
If you have great collar bones, then an excellent trend for you would be to design a dress with a wide upside down bucket shaped neckline with a gentle U-cut; the neckline should then be attached to your short puffed sleeves.

Off the Shoulder with Sleeves:

This is another gorgeous and feminine plus size clothing pattern for a bride with great collar bones. This sleeve pattern leaves the shoulders exposed but covers the arms, making women who are conscious about their arms, extremely comfortable. The sleeves could be long or short depending on the bride's choice.
A wedding dress in this fashion, automatically draws attention to the shoulders. The bodice of the dress should be narrow, so that you create an hourglass shape with the dress.

Petal Sleeve:

While most larger women tend to stay away from dresses that are short sleeved, the petal sleeve enhances sleeved wedding dresses. Also known as the tulip sleeve, this style has two parts with one crisscrossing in a manner that it overlaps the other. This covers the bicep region of a woman's arms and is a brilliant option for a summer wedding.
If you love the style but remain a little wary of the length of the sleeve, you can carry a sheer wrap or white cloak with a royal blue underside. The cloak will also fulfill your something blue condition.


While this style of sleeve is not exactly in fashion, it is still an extremely attractive fashion for women who wear plus size clothing. A long sleeve that is not snug but fits comfortably with a neckline that enhances your best features looks beautiful on a plus size bride.
If you are not comfortable with the idea of covering your arms fully, you could cheat by making the sleeves out of a sheer fabric like lace, that allows you to cover your arms while showing it off.
Some other options for plus size sleeved wedding dresses are the T-shirt length sleeves, cap sleeves, butterfly sleeves, etc. While following fashion trends is always the 'in thing' to do while designing or selecting your wedding dress, it is necessary that the dress be suitable for you and more importantly that you be comfortable in it.
Do not put down yourself because you cannot wear the latest trends on the runway, because if they don't suit you, you will be in for a disastrous look that can ruin your wedding day. There is a whole range of plus size fashion out there.
Whatever size you are, a zero or a 20, the search for the perfect wedding gown with sleeves can be intimidating and seemingly never-ending. Even after walking into two dozen shops, if your wedding dress is still elusive, do not despair. Just be confident about the styles that suit you and that wedding dress of your dreams may be just around the corner.